Wings Airways/Taku Glacier Lodge
A True Alaskan Experience! We offer two unique tours that highlight the glaciers surrounding Juneau by authentic floatplane (travel the way Southeast Alaskaners do!).
1) TAKU LODGE FEAST & 5-PLANE SEAPLANE DISCOVERY: You're in for the journey of a lifetime. We’ve combined the best experiences of Alaska for this unique 3-hour excursion. Glacier flightseeing, a remote log cabin, wilderness trails, wildlife, and to top it off a scrumptious King Salmon feast. Fly in a nostalgic floatplane where everyone enjoys an unrestricted window view and fully narrated portrayal. View five breathtaking glaciers on your way to the wilderness lodge.
A true Alaskan experience, your adventure begins the moment you “take off” from the Juneau waterfront near your ship’s berth. Each passenger will take pleasure in an unrestricted view of the magnificent glaciers and deep blue crevasses of the Juneau Icefield. Snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls and lush forests await. The Taku River will be your “runway” when landing at the Taku Lodge. This historic lodge was built in 1923 directly across from the picturesque Hole-In-The-Wall Glacier, one of the few advancing glaciers in Alaska, and sits amid the untouched Tongass National Forest. Shortly after your arrival, the aroma of fresh Wild Alaska King Salmon tells you the feast is about to begin. Your salmon entrée will be complimented with all homemade side dishes for either brunch, lunch or dinner, including actual glacier ice to cool your drinks. This truly Alaskan meal is presented with an elegant rustic charm. While enjoying your meal, your host will entertain you with stories of Taku Lodges colorful past and characters like Mary Joyce with her famous 1000 mile dog sled trip that put the Taku Lodge on the Alaska map. This unique lodge is decorated with old dog sleds, hunting and trapping gear, furs and other Alaskan memorabilia. This is your trip; MAKE IT WHAT YOU WANT! After your meal you may take in one of a number of options; wander the well-maintained trails of the old growth forest independently, explore on a guided interpretative nature walk, or relax with a beverage and soak in the serenity of a place scarcely touched by time. All the while keep an eye out for the black bears that can't resist the aroma of fresh grilled Alaskan King Salmon. Rain or shine this trip will be an experience of a lifetime and a true look at Mother Nature in her finest. This is the essence of what memories are made of. Everyone has a window seat!
2) THE 5-GLACIER SEAPLANE EXPLORATION: The grandeur of Alaska will thrill and delight you beyond expectation on this unforgettable multi-glacier flightseeing tour where everyone enjoys a window seat. Explore The Juneau Icefield's most stunning glaciers by authentic floatplane, a truly awe-inspiring experience. You will fly past waterfalls and lush green rain forests while the narration describes the unfolding scenery. The highlight will be the views of the magnificent glaciers, remnants of the Ice Age, making up the spectacular Juneau Icefield's 1,500 square miles of solid ice. Soar past the imposing faces, deep crevasses and azure blue meltwater pools of the Norris, Hole-In-The-Wall, East and West Twin Glaciers and the Mighty Taku. Of the Icefield's 36 named glaciers the Taku Glacier, five miles wide at its base, is the only glacier not retreating; it is actually advancing. Keep a lookout for possible wildlife such as goats, moose, bears and eagles. Your excursion concludes with a smooth water landing. Rain or shine, bring plenty of film for your camera to capture the magical memories this trip is sure to provide. Both tours provide everyone with a window seat AND full narration throughout the flight. Let Wings Airways show you best of the Alaskan Spirit!